News / USA

House Postpones Vote on Republican Debt Ceiling Plan

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, second from right, and fellow House Republicans leave a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 28, 2011. From left are, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., Rep.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, second from right, and fellow House Republicans leave a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 28, 2011. From left are, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., Rep.
Cindy Saine

The U.S. House of Representatives has delayed a vote on a Republican plan to cut government spending and raise the federal borrowing limit in two stages.  With only five days until a potential default on the national debt, drama reached a peak in the House late Thursday, as the Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, postponed the vote amid reports he did not have enough support among his own Republican caucus to pass it.

The vote on the bill proposed by House Speaker John Boehner was scheduled for early evening, Washington, D.C. time. But after two hours of debate on the “Budget Control” bill, instead of voting on it, the Republican-controlled House suddenly turned its attention to bills on re-naming post offices.

The House then recessed for several hours, amid reports that Speaker Boehner did not have the 217 votes he needed to pass the measure among his 240 Republican caucus members. 

Individual Republican lawmakers were seen entering and leaving the Speaker's office, amid speculation Boehner was holding one-on-one-consultations with anti-government Tea Party supporters, who have opposed the bill because they feel it does not cut spending enough.

Emerging from the Speaker's office, Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas told reporters he was still a “bloodied, but beaten NO” vote.

Earlier Thursday, Speaker Boehner appeared confident at a news conference.

“Today the House will take action, again, on a solution to end the debt limit crisis.  We will take action again, just like we did on our budget, on solutions to the problems that are facing our nation,” he said.

A number of Republican lawmakers took the floor to call for passage of the Boehner "Budget Control" bill,  which would cut government spending by a larger amount than it would increase the debt limit.  Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt is not only endangering the future for America's children, but that all of that borrowed money and the interest paid on it are hurting the U.S. economy right now.

"Half of that money is coming from other other countries like China.  Why on earth do we want to give the president a blank check, to keep doing that, giving our sovereignty and our self-determination to other countries to loan us money to fund our government," said Ryan. "Those days have got to end."

Several Republican lawmakers said the bill was not perfect, but that it was a compromise and the best chance to avoid default.  House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and other Democrats strongly disagreed, saying  the bill was not bipartisan and not a compromise.

"There is no common ground here, nor was it sought.  We find ourselves at an unprecedented place today.  Americans stand on the brink of default," said Hoyer. "It stands there my friends,  because the leadership of the House has failed to act in a timely and responsible way."

Congressman James Clyburn summed up the view of most Democratic lawmakers.

"While the clock is ticking, the Republican majority is dickering and the American people are hurting.  Our financial markets are on pace for their worst week in nearly a year.  State governments are bracing for downgrades in their borrowing capacities," he said.

Analysts see the postponement of the House vote as a political embarrassment for Boehner, and an indication that the Tea Party members of his caucus may oppose any raising of the debt ceiling.

On the Senate side, 53 senators have signed a letter saying they will not vote for the Boehner plan, so analysts says the House measure has virtually no chance of passing the Senate, even if the Speaker manages to get it passed in the House on Friday.  Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has put forward his own plan to raise the debt limit and cut spending, and it has been endorsed by President Barack Obama.

Without a deal on some kind of plan to raise the $14.3 trillion legal limit on borrowing by the deadline, the Treasury Department says it will not have enough money to pay all of its bills starting August 2. That could bring a default that would likely prompt rating agencies to cut the U.S. credit rating, bringing higher interest rates and hurting economic growth.


You May Like

Captured IS Militants Explain Why They Fought

Fighters from Turkey, Syria tell VOA Kurdish Service what drew them to extremism, jihad More

Security Experts Split on Kenyan Barrier Wall

Experts divided on whether initiative aiming to keep out al-Shabab militants is long-awaited solution or misguided effort More

Video Philippines Wants Tourists Spending Money at New Casinos

Officials say they hope to turn Manila into the next Macau, which has long been Asia’s gambling hub More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More